Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The perfect cup of tea

Mint tea isn't just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality, friendship, and tradition. In Morocco  is a ritual  by which guests are entertained. Originally introduced in the eighteenth century; tea service became a highly ritualized affair for the high class. By the nineteenth century, tea culture was no longer reserved for the elite and had begun to permeate all levels of society.  Today, a glass of hot mint tea still starts and ends the day. It is typically served in order of precedence according to age and social rank and it’s considered exceptionally rude to refuse a glass.

How to prepare the perfect pot of Moroccan mint tea :

  • 1 Tea spoon Green Tea leaves or 3 teabags
  • 1 large handful fresh spearmint leaves, washed
  • 1/2 liter  boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  1. Boil at least a liter of water. Rinse a small tea pot with about 1/4 cup of the water.
  2. Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and pour out the water.
  3. Add the mint leaves and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter  boiling water.
  4.  Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer, or set the tea pot over medium-low heat and bring the tea to a simmer. 
  5. Add the green tea to to the tea pot and leave the tea to steep for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat, and allow to steep several minutes more.
  7. Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.

Moroccan tea glasses are bright and stylish. They can have several uses, from serving a delicious dessert to decorate your space with an exotic candle.

Check out these creative uses of these tiny glass cups.
Moroccan Tea Glasses by  Market Street
Marrakech Tea Glasses by CocoMale

Photo via  Creative Mint
Get the White Tea Glasses By Treasures Of Morocco

Get the Moroccan Sweet Morjana Mix by Casablanca Market

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